Liverpool star reveals he nearly quit the club

Cover for Lucas LeivaLiverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has revealed that when Roy Hodgson was in charge at Anfield, he was close to leaving the club.

The current England manager endured a miserable spell as manager of the Reds and Leiva says that, coupled with the departure of Rafa Benitez, almost led to the Brazilian moving on.

Things turned around for the midfielder when Kenny Dalglish was appointed manager in January 2011 and he went on to be named Fans’ Player of the Year.

“I felt as though it was almost the end for me at the club (when Benitez was replaced by Hodgson),” Leiva told the Liverpool Echo.

“I nearly left. I knew they were looking for players. They signed Christian Poulsen at the time, and that was a message for me, that I was not really in their plans.

“So I was really close to leaving to go to Italy. For some reason I did not go, I stayed. After a few games, I got my place back in the team and I started to play a bit more.

“Then Kenny came in. I really started to play with a lot of confidence and at the end of the year I was voted Player of the Season by the fans. So that moment was very important.”

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